My Approach to Postpartum Fitness
There is a lot to talk about when it comes to the postpartum body and all the conflicting emotions, feelings, and expectations that come with it. I’m going to save most of that for another post because today I want to talk about fitness, where I’m at right now, and how I want to move forward.
I currently have about 15 lbs to lose to get back to where I was at pre-pregnancy. As someone who has never fluctuated much in their weight pre-baby, it’s definitely been challenging to feel like I’m “overweight” and to struggle with losing that last 15 lbs. I’m constantly learning to navigate the line between challenging myself and giving myself grace.
The approach I’ve taken since the beginning of the year and will continue to take is to focus on process over results – to commit to just showing up. For January, I’m using the Tone It Up Look for Love challenge as a sort of foundation. It’s my guiding schedule that will help me move every day, but I’m not viewing it as rigid. Instead, it’s flexible. So, for example, if I’m supposed to do a workout video one day and cardio the next but we go on an hour long walk that first day, I’ll just swap them and do the workout video the following day. Similarly, if I want to do a class at the gym or some other workout, I’ll just do that instead.
The goal isn’t to do exactly what’s prescribed – it’s just to show up and move my body in a way that feels good that day.
Right now, I’m working on creating habits. Cardio for me currently is walking. I know myself. If I start running or doing some form of intense cardio that I consider miserable, I won’t stick with it. I’m not interested in short-term gains. I’m interested in a long-term, sustainable, active lifestyle. So right now, I’m laying the foundation. I’m intentionally creating a new normal by establishing new habits. Once that foundation is a little more solid and being active becomes something I don’t even have to think about, I can start pushing a little harder, increasing the intensity, and challenging myself more.
I picked up a few new GapFit pieces from Gap Factory to give myself a little extra inspiration and let’s be honest – I haven’t gotten any new workout clothes since before I was pregnant. Gap Factory is a great place to go for cute and also affordable activewear. I love the fit and feel of the leggings and they actually don’t seem to be see-through at all! The Mind over Matter tank felt particularly fitting to my current approach to fitness in that I’m working on creating a positive association with exercise and movement by focusing on showing up in a way that feels aligned every day.
If you’re also working on creating healthier habits and making exercise a daily priority, check out GapFactory.com or visit your local Gap Factory store for some cute gear (everything is on sale right now + you can get 30% off with code: GFWOW) and consider a slow and steady approach that allows you to build a solid foundation over time instead of killing yourself with intensity right off the bat. You don’t want to experience the inevitable fall off the wagon because you created a negative association with movement. Commit to showing up and from there, do what feels good. Momentum will follow.
Thank you to Gap Factory for sponsoring this post and helping support this space!